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Week of June 13, 2011

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Building Your Content Knowledge During the Summer

Learning new content or refreshing what you know may be on your “to do” list this summer. Consider NSTA’s Learning Center, a resource-filled online platform that provides both free and fee-based professional development options to meet your personal goals. Core resources include six- to ten-hour online learning sessions that explore real-world science content and concepts. Practical teaching applications with lesson plans, vignettes that demonstrate the lesson’s content, and samples of student work are all included in NSTA’s standards-aligned SciGuides, an option for elementary and middle school teachers. Award-winning journal articles, e-book chapters, and one- to two-hour learning courses on content such as Newton’s First Law, Cell Structure and Function, and the Universe are popular choices. Maybe you’d prefer an interactive web seminar led by engineers, scientists, and professional development experts. Take time this summer to enhance your content knowledge to build on your classroom performance. The Learning Center might be your best option. Visit learningcenter.nsta.org to check it out.

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From the NSTA Calendar: Value the Land, a Smithsonian Online Conference Series

Smithsonian Education’s Shout program features online events hosted by the Smithsonian Institution and presented by some of the world’s leading scientists and environmental experts, as well as representatives of other fields who bring diverse perspectives to the issues at hand. Three sessions will be held on July 13:

  • American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges. In this session, you’ll learn about how four Native communities are combining traditional knowledge with 21st-century scientific expertise to find solutions to environmental problems that challenge their cultural and economic sustainability.
  • Stories of the Forest: Human Impacts of Deforestation. Presenter Joshua Bell of the National Museum of Natural History has witnessed deforestation firsthand and will share his collected stories of forest loss from the people who live with it.
  • Community Narratives: Citizens Recording History. Three presenters will share their expertise and perspectives on the protocols and strategies for conducting an oral history project. Find out how to identify a great interview subject, how to prepare for the interview, and what to do during the interview to make sure you capture great material.

For those who cannot participate live, a recording will be made available following the live event for listening at any time. Visit www.smithsonianconference.org/shout/conference-value to register and learn more.

Connect your classroom with top scientists through events on the NSTA Calendar.

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Get the Skinny on the Science of Nanotechnology

What do wrinkle-resistant pants, iPads, and sunscreen all have in common? Nanoscale science and technology, of course. Welcome to Nanoscience helps high school science teachers introduce the revolutionary fields of nanoscale science and technology to their curricula through the unique framework of environmental science, specifically groundwater pollution. The authors begin with historical background, include tips for how to use the book, and tie lessons to National Science Education Standards. Each classroom-tested, inquiry-based investigation follows the BSCS 5E Instructional Model and includes step-by-step instructions, materials lists, and data charts.

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Last Chance for Summer Online Courses from the American Museum of Natural History

Seminars on Science connects classroom teachers with scientists engaged in current, real-world research.  Each course is authored by leading scientists in their fields and is then co-taught by an experienced researcher affiliated with AMNH. Courses include Earth: Inside and Out; The Ocean System; The Solar System; Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; Evolution; and more.

All courses run for six weeks and are fully online. Each participant receives resources for classroom use. Affordable graduate credit is available for all courses (see website for details).

Please see the website for the full course listing. Free sample resources for each course—including essays, videos, and interactive simulations—are available online. Summer Session 2 runs July 4 – August 14. Registration closes June 20. For more information and to register, go to learn.amnh.org or call 800-649-6715.

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